Sunday, August 06, 2006

The Whole World Over by Julia Glass

This is another novel that illustrates how little occurrences can have a huge impact on people and their relationships. As the lives of the central characters weave in and out, intersect in odd and unexpected ways these chance encounters move the character in new directions. Greenie, a baker, ends up becoming the personal chef of the governor of New Mexico after a recommendation from her friend Walter. Her husband Alan stays behind to try to figure out what he wants from the relationship and his life. He meets Saga (my personal favorite in the book) and Sago meets Fenno who knows Walter and we are back to Greenie again.

The book explores the stresses on relationships, absence, infidelity, temptation, loss and yearning. Again, it is hard not to compare this novel to her first which was so tightly plotted and beautifully constructed that it was hard to believe that it was a first novel but I do feel like this novel could have been a bit more pulled together.

I took my new kitten to visit a friend with a cat-friendly dog. He didn't know what to think about the dog but he absolutely hated the car ride and protested very, very loudly. It is going to be a long car ride when I visit my parents 5 hours away!

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